Apropos Industrial prosperity
Those who have never studied Japanese history, are fond of telling our young men that Japan owes her greatness to her commercial and industrial expansion and call on them to go and do likewise. Commercial and industrial expansion are often accompaniments and results of political liberty and greatness, -- never their cause. Yet the opposite belief is held by many who should have been capable of wiser discrimination. ...It is so far shared by many ...that they consider industrial prosperity as prior to and the cause of political advancement. History does not bear out this particular delusion. It is the poor peoples who have been most passionately attached to liberty, while there are many examples to show that nothing more easily leads to national death and decay than a PROSPEROUS SERVITUDE.
Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram, April 5, 1907
Date of Update: 20-Nov-23